Porto, the Douro Valley (Portugal) and Salamanca (Spain)

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PORTO - REGUA - PINHAO - VEGA DE TERON (Spain) - BARCA D'ALVA - SENHORA DA RIBEIRA - FERRADOSA - FOLGOSA - LEVERINHO - PORTO

DAY 1: PORTO

Boarding from 5:00p.m and time to settle comfortably in your cabins before being presented to the crew during a welcome cocktail reception served in the lounge.
Excursion common for both packages : trip by coach to see the Porto by night.

DAY 2: PORTO - REGUA

Excursions proposed :
CLASSIC : visit of Porto, one of the oldest cities in Europe, awarded World heritage status by Unesco, with its unspoiled old quarters, maze of narrow win-ding streets, houses with archways and splendid churches. However, Porto is known first and foremost for its famous porto wines from the vineyards which stretch as far as the eye can see along the banks of the Douro.
DISCOVERY as a suplement : touring Porto via tram and visiting the tram museum. We’ll leave from Vila Nova de Gaia by coach for downtown Porto. Once we arrive, we’ll board one of the city’s trams and partake in this urban-tourism experience all the way to the mouth of the Douro. We'll finish up our excursion with a tasting of some of the local specialties.
Return to the ship and cruise onto Regua, admiring the marvellous scenery that the cruise offers. You will pass the locks of Crestuma and Carrapelato, which is the highest in Europe at 36m. Crew show.

DAY 3: REGUA - PINHAO - VEGA DE TERON (Spain)

Excursion common for both packages: Vila Réal, famous for the variety of its religious architecture. Stroll through the beautiful gardens of Solar de Mateus.
Join the ship again in Pinhao. Afternoon spent cruising through the heart of the famous Porto vineyards, passing the locks or Valeria and Pocinho, arriving in Vega de Teron in the evening. Spanish evening on board.

DAY 4: BARCA D’ALVA - Salamanca - SENHORA DA RIBEIRA

Excursions proposed :
CLASSIC : excursion to Salamanca. This town of dazzling beauty houses some extraordinary Roman, Arabic, and Christian architectural treasures.
DISCOVERY as a suplement : Salamanca by bike. You’ll leave by coach with your host/hostess from Barca d’Alva for Salamanca. On a comfortable bike, you will get to know all the must-see sites but also the places off the typical touristic paths.
Return to the ship in Barca d’Alva at the end of the afternoon and continuation to Senhora da Ribeira. Gala evening on board.

DAY 5: SENHORA DA RIBEIRA - FERRADOSA - FOLGOSA - LEVERINHO

Early morning start cruising to Ferradosa.
Excursion common for both packages : wines trail Porto excursion. Follow the wine road which runs through the heart of the vineyards before stopping to taste some of these vintages in a quinta (winecellar).
Back on board at Folgosa for lunch. Cruise towards Leverinho. Admire the wild landscapes and impressive rocky outcrops along the way. Folk evening.

DAY 6: LEVERINHO - PORTO

Early morning start cruising towards Porto. Arrival around 9:00a.m in Porto before disembarking. End of our services.

For the safety of our passengers, the captain and crew of the boat may decide to modify the navigational itinerary. Alcohol can damage your health. Please drink in moderation. Note: The number of moorings on the Douro is limited. Boats may be moored side by side.
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THE NAVIGATION ITINERARY CHANGES DURING THE SUMMER (MAY-JUNE-JULY-AUGUST 2015 ):
On Day 4, there will be no stop at Senhora da Ribeira. After the excursion to Salamanca, we will stay at Barca d'Alva. Replacement itinerary:


DAY 4: REGUA - PINHAO - BARCA D'ALVA

You'll begin your day with a breakfast buffet on board. We will set off for an optional excursion to Salamanca, awarded World Heritage status by UNESCO for the outstanding beauty of its Roman, Arabic, and Christian architectural treasures. We'll enjoy lunch in Salamanca, and then return to the boat in Barca d'Alva at the end of the afternoon. We'll enjoy a gala dinner and an evening of dancing on board.